Nairobi governor Mike Sonko has been admitted to bail after spending four nights in police custody following his arrest over graft.
Milimani Chief Magistrate Douglas Ogoti granted Sonko Ksh15 cash bail or Ksh30 million bond or surety of a similar amount. Sonko, who was further barred from accessing his office, is required to deposit his passport with the court.
Sonko was on Monday arraigned at Milimani Law Courts where he pleaded not guilty to 19 counts of graft charges. He is accused of misappropriating Ksh357 million from the county coffers. Sonko’s legal team pleaded with the anti-graft court to release the governor on bail saying he needed urgent medical attention.
The defence, however, opposed to Sonko’s release on bail arguing that he will interfere with witnesses
Citing a 1997 case involving Sonko, the prosecution argued that the governor should not be released on bail as he is accused of escaping Shimo La Tewa prison after he feigned illness.
Miller dismissed the claims saying if the governor had a pending criminal case, authorities couldn’t have cleared him to run for a government position.
“The police, EACC cleared him to run as MP, Senator and even Governor. If he was a prison escapee, how could this have happened? There is neither a pending case nor a warrant of arrest against Sonko,” he stated